When Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden strode into St. Paul’s State Office Building to file his candidate paperwork, he greeted the waiting media and more warmly greeted the two Democratic trackers that follow his every move.
McFadden said he sees them everywhere.
“I do see them. Both Emilio (Barrientos of American Bridge) and Teddy (Tschann of the DFL.) I’ve seen them all the state. They work hard,” McFadden said.
Trackers are the young partisan staffers who record candidates wherever they go to aid in opposition research, hoping to catch their prey in an off message moment.
Barrientos and Tschann said McFadden has been pretty good to them.
McFadden says the same of his Democratic, camera-wielding shadows.
“That’s part of the process. It’s what I’ve signed up for. They’ve been very respectful," McFadden said.
That respect sometimes grows.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar's 2006 Republican tracker Ryan Flynn became a 2012 supporter when she ran for re-election.
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